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Extended Reality (XR) in Manufacturing

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Digitisation is a key driving force in manufacturing today, helping organisations to drive efficiencies, increase production and improve safety. Extended Reality (XR) helps to underpin meaningful digitisation efforts, empowering frontline workers with the support and information they need to operate effectively and avoid downtime. With retiring experienced workforces also posing a potential issue, digitisation and XR also provides an accessible and modern platform for knowledge transfer.

Westbase XR supports you, our partner, and your manufacturing customers through design, build and management – delivering an end-to-end approach and blueprint for a successful deployment.

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Extended Reality (XR) in manufacturing can support…

Improved Safety & Compliance

Following the correct processes, while capturing the right information and evidence, is key to maintaining compliance and safety across manufacturing workforces.

Extended Reality can digitise workflows to ensure workers follow every step correctly, while easily documenting what they have completed to ensure compliance isn’t skipped. Technicians can also connect with supervisors via XR devices to video stream a live inspection, increasing compliance and driving efficiencies by not requiring the inspector/supervisor to be physically present.

Reduced Downtime

If and when production is halted due to an issue, downtime can quickly escalate if the on-site technicians don’t know how to resolve it – especially when the expert needed may be in a different county or even country, and can’t get to the factory quickly.

Extended Reality can help to bring the expert to the location virtually though. The on-site employee can share what they are seeing and hearing, then the expert can walk them through resolving the issue enabling faster resolution times and reduced downtime.

Increased Productivity & Accuracy

Providing workers with access to the latest knowledge, SOPs and other documentation can be challenging. Traditional paper copies can be difficult to use and maintain, damage easily, and often require workers to remove PPE, such as gloves, to be able to use them.

Digitising documentation provides a simple, secure and reliable option, but XR takes this further by also making the documentation available hands-free – meaning no downing of tools or removal of PPE is needed. Using simple hands-free document navigation, workers can access the up-to-date information they need to work effectively. Additionally, digital workflows can also help to increase productivity and accuracy by guiding them through SOPs. 


Hands-on experience is key to training new employees in manufacturing, but putting trainees or even junior team members into live situations comes with risk and SOPs can only support them so far.

XR helps manufacturing businesses to tackle this challenge by digitising workflows and training experiences, so that new employees can learn hands-on while accessing documentation, training videos and more. With two-way video calling, trainees can also speak to experts and mentors for additional support, showing them the issue they have and enabling their mentor to walk them through the fix. And because the mentor/expert doesn’t physically have to be present, it also means that they can support more trainees.